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Highlights: Don Cheadle's 'SNL' Starts Slow But Finishes Strong

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 17, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 17, 2019 |


Cold Open — I have no idea why Alec Baldwin got such a huge ovation for returning to SNL to do his Trump impression, but I’ll say this about it. Baldwin’s “parody” of Trump’s emergency declaration announcement was close enough to the real thing that when Trump watches it, he’ll probably ask, “What’s wrong with what he’s saying? Why is this funny? It all sounds right to me.” Real Trump and Parody Trump are now virtually indistinguishable. (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

Don Cheadle Monologue — Don Cheadle mostly makes fun of how people recognize him (or don’t recognize him) and trots out a shot of himself from an old episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It’s not a monologue anyone is going to remember on Tuesday, but it’s plenty enjoyable. (Score: 6 out of 10)

Fresh Takes — A high-school news show is fairly lackluster save for Don Cheadle’s Mr. P., a science teacher who gossips too much about his co-workers. (Watch here) (Score: 5 out of 10)

Extreme Baking Championship — I don’t know if Extreme Baking Championship is a real show (I doubt it), but it’s basically Nailed It if the contestants weren’t expected to suck, and if the judges didn’t expect them to suck. One of the cakes is so awful that it comes to life, while another is of Yoda holding his dick. I admit I liked it probably more than I should have. (Score: 6 out of 10)

Pound Puppy — It’s a huge dog costume you can have sex in, so that your creepy dog thinks he’s made a new bouncy friend instead of you feeling weird about your dog watching you have sex. The set up was compelling, but the punchline here was anticlimactic. (Side note: Do they make a baby one?) (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

Weekend Update — The Trump portion of “Weekend Update” largely concerned itself with his National Emergency speech, and there was plenty of material with which to work; Che made a Ryan Adams/R. Kelly joke that is not going to go over well (Che ain’t care); Jost delivered a few jokes that land with a thud; “Chuck Schumer” and “Nancy Pelosi” try not to gloat about running circles around Trump and they’re great; Beck Bennett trots out a terrible character to talk about the Oscars (that one you can watch here); and Supercentenarian Mort Felder shares news about the community of folks over the age of 110 (spoiler: They all die). That one can be watched here (and yes, Mat, I did like the Bernie joke, because he is a “bitch.”). (Score: 4 out of 10)

Celebrity Family Feud: Oscar Nominees — Totally worth it for the Green Book joke; the Brad Cooper and Gaga joke; Pete Davidson’s Rami Malek; and Cecily Strong’s fantastically drunk Olivia Colman. (Score: 7 out of 10)

Bar Fight — Two men get into a scuffle at a bar, but can’t bring themselves to throw punches while Mika’s “Lollipop” is playing. It’s ridiculous, but the group dance number is a gas. (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

Roach Ex Plus — It’s an ad for a roach-killing spray that … you know what. You’re just going to have to watch this one. (Score: 8 out of 10)

The Regal Promenade Pavillion — An ad for a full-service wedding provider, from photographers to an eight-year-old screaming to a single balloon floating on the ceiling. It’s the last skit of the night, and I wanted to hate it so I could write it off and go to bed, but damnit, it’s a fantastic, sneaky-funny 10 to 1 skit. (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

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